Design graduates Jack-Victor Westerdale and Ivon Haywood launch their first ever furniture range exclusively at the Weavers Factory. After meeting on the Furniture Design and Make course in Oxford, Jack and Ivon moved north to Ivon’s hometown of Littleborough in Rochdale to set up a workshop. “Measure Twice, Cut Once” at the Weavers Factory will be the only opportunity to purchase one-off prototypes from Jack and Ivon’s post-graduation furniture range before it goes on sale to the general public.
Award-winning portrait artist Elizabeth Wood’s first solo exhibition in 35-years will reveal a large body of forgotten artwork, discovered at the back of her garden shed and not seen for over half a century. Works include portraits, landscapes from the 1950s and conceptual paintings from the 1960s
Artist and London DJ Sina Sparrow presents a retrospective of his work, including vivid colour illustrations of some of his favourite music and movie idols, autobiographical hand-drawn comics and zines, and large-format portraits of dead male adult film stars (18+)
Artist Simon Buckley’s new exhibition ‘We Play In Time’ focuses on Saddleworth and the Dobcross Silver Band. Simon will create a time capsule of the Dobcross Silver Band through the medium of low-light photography, video, sound and interviews. He will create a brand new piece of music inspired by the voices of the musicians and photograph the seven villages of Saddleworth at dusk, revealing a silent and hidden world.
Multi-media artist Seamus Killick explores Saddleworth’s dark history. Using a mixture of installation, sculpture, 3D modelling and painting, Seamus creates a imaginary time 50-years in the future where people roam a bleak dystopian landscape.
In our inaugural art exhibition we explore the history of Saddleworth, the Weavers Factory and its patron Joan Charnley. Landscape artist John Hewitt and illustration students from Manchester Metropolitan University will illustrate the building and the village’s history, whilst design students from Oldham College of Further Education will create an exhibition inspired by the textiles of Joan Charnley.